People encouraged to take action on National Plan for Vacation Day

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- How much of your available vacation time did you leave on the table in 2021?

According to research provided by the U.S. Travel Association, American workers didn't use, on average, more than four of their available days last year. Meanwhile, 64% of Americans say they desperately need a vacation.

"Folks are feeling a little burned out. Folks feel like they're working more than they ever have," said Anne Sayers, secretary-designee at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. "We just don't want to see that happen again. Vacation is good for you and there's so many places to explore right here in Wisconsin."

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the U.S. Travel Association are encouraging people to use Jan. 25, "National Plan for Vacation Day," as a chance to plan for their next trip.

Some may want to escape the Wisconsin cold for somewhere tropical this winter, while others may want to plan ahead for the summer months and experience some of the great venues and attractions the Badger State has to offer.

"If winter isn't your thing and you're looking ahead to summer, Wisconsin has what you need. You do not need an ocean to find a beach," Sayers explained. "For some people, winter is the place to be, and for that we recommend you check out the snow report that has up-to-date information on snowfall levels for everything you might be interested in; downhill, cross country, snowmobiling and boarding as well."

Sayers says the destinations are endless. What's important is that you take action.

"There's a lot of data that points to the fact that just planning a vacation, just having it on the calendar, just knowing that it's there waiting for you actually improves your state of mind. You'll feel a little happier. You'll have a better outlook on work and family and life," Sayers said. "We're just hoping to help folks get some ideas, make some plans and get out there and make some memories."

For people looking to book their next vacation in Wisconsin, visit Travelwisconsin.com for ideas.

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